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'The City Planners have taken some time off for the holiday.  So we thought we'd show you how to make your own planner.  Not a city planner, but a calendar style planner.  To keep you organized!  And show off your creative talent to everyone who sees you pull it out to make an entry.  And use up a whole bunch of your favorite supplies in a place where you can look at them all year long.  What could be better?  Our first planner example is from Teresa Angel, and she has not only created a planner, but shared some great ideas for making all of your scrapbooking projects a little faster -- CASE'ing.  It stands for Copy And Steal Everything.  But you don't really have to use Everything from your source of inspiration.  You might use just one idea, a color-scheme, picture placement, etc.  Or CASE away and make an exact copy.  As long as it's for your own personal use, it's legal.  So browse through our museum, find some layouts you like, and CASE away!  And be sure to share your creations, as well...  you never know when someone else is needing inspiration from YOU!

As a special bonus, we have two more examples for you from our talented villagers!  Jennifer Wellborn (aka JennScraps) has created a stunning 2005 planner, and Miriam Houghtaling-Dayan (aka Mimid) is sharing her beautiful 2005 Journal
-- TL

2005 (CASE'd) Planner by Teresa Angel


Hi, My name is Tee and I am a CASER! I, unlike Becky Higgins, Rebecca Sower and many of the other very talented scrapbook designers, am NOT creative at coming up with a unique way of using my scrapbook supplies.

I can’t sit down with my pictures in hand, my paper wardrobe and plethora of embellishments and whip out a gorgeous page that deserves to be on the front cover of my favorite scrapbooking magazine. I sit for hours on end staring at my supplies and never get a single layout completed. My cure, Casing!

I browse scrapbooking magazines, online galleries (especially the ScrapVillage museum) and even EBay for my inspiration. I recently came across a Planner on EBay that really got my creative juices flowing. The original designer, Glynda, created a planner using her scrapbooking supplies and sold it on EBay for $229.52. I studied her craftiness and decided I too could make a planner. At the point I decided to make my own Glynda's auction had closed and she had taken down her images, leaving me with my memory of her book to go off of. That was the best part; finding within me the ability to add my own style but still use someone else’s creation as inspiration.

I knew from Glynda's EBay ad she used a 4x5 spiral-bound journal, Sweetwater patterned paper, MM label holder, ribbons, silk flowers, mini brads, letter stickers, clip, textured cardstock, K&Co epoxy letters, Scrap Works Color Rubz, tags, staples, Jolee’s Boutique accent stickers, Stand Outs accent stickers, Dot Talk accent, colored, dyed, and printed twill tape, and letter stamps.

I wanted to use as much from my stash as possible and buy only when necessary. I pulled out all my embellishments, ribbon, cardstock and I even had a supply of a DMD 4x5 spiral bond books. I so enjoyed going though all my supplies and finding the perfect accents for each page.

I loved the look of the cut 1x1 squares of patterned paper on the black back ground. Unfortunately my spiral bond book had a cream background. Easy fix, paint it! I took the cover off my book, pulled out my black Making Memories paint and applied a think coat of black paint.

My next challenge was finding ribbons to match each month’s color scheme. The solution I must admit was brilliant. I took some of my Junkitz Collectionz fabric material and made ribbon by cutting the material on the bias. It really gave my album the Shabby Chic look I was going for.

The rest of my album came together very easily and made the perfect gifts for my niece and a co-worker who think I am the most creative person to walk the face of the earth no matter how many times I say that I am a "CASER". I copy and steal everything from someone else’s design. Although I think it is more polite to be known as a borrower than a stealer, CABER just doesn’t seem to have the same pizzazz.

Hold your head high and be proud that you too can be the most creative looking person on the face of the earth by just following the examples of others, giving it your own touch, always give the original designer credit and get projects done!

Repeat after me, I too can be a very talented CASER!

CASE = Copy and Steal Everything!

Glynda can be found on EBay with the UserID of glyndar




2005 Planner by Jennifer Wellborn
(for more info on these and her other projects, please go to Jennifer's ScrapVillage Gallery)


Jennifer's notes.....

  • I used an online template to cut the folders out of Kraft cardstock.
  • I used Microsoft Publisher to create my calendar pages, but you can download printable versions online as well.
  • To minimize bulk in my purse, I used flat embellishments. Everything is either a sticker or a diecut.
  • I punched holes in my files and bound them with ribbons that wrapped around the spine of the cover. However, in retrospect, I wish I had left the spine out, and just taken the folders and cover to Kinkos to have them spiral bound together.
  • The calendar boxes for the days of the week are chalked with pink. I also chalked the squares for birthdays and special holidays to make them more noticeable when I opened the month.
  • I used a Xyron to glue clear re-sealable envelopes to the backs of the folders to store receipts and other loose papers in.
  • To create a colorful space to make notes without adding another layer of paper, I dry-brushed acrylic paints on the inside of the folders.
  • I glued pieces of paper to the fronts of my folders, but did not decorate them. I am adding some paper clips that I can use to hold some photos or quotes etc that I might like to add instead.


2005 Journal by Miriam Houghtaling-Dayan 
(for more info on these and other projects, please go to Mimi's ScrapVillage Gallery)


Mimi's notes...

  • This was a calendar that we received from a Jewish company.  The calendar is from Sept 04 to Dec 05, but I only wanted to use Jan to Dec, so I altered some of the extra pages.
  • I have a place to record movies, books and layouts for the year and also a place to write those notes "for next year" that I always make.
  • The tags are to write the highlights of the month.
  • I used Basic Grey's Sublime papers throughout.
  • I added turquoise, red and brown inks and Annalisse fibers as well.
  • The envelope on the inside page is R. Sower Nostalgiques
  • The page pebble word is Lil' Davis.



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